Sushi Saito 鮨さいとう, (Dec 2016)
Sushi Saito, one of the only three Michelin-3-starred sushiyas in Japan, also possibly the most difficult sushiya to book in the world. Getting a reservation is almost impossible unless you are a regular guest, or invited to dine with a regular friend. Even so, serval months of waiting is necessary.
A meal at Sushi Saito is always beyond the sushi itself, it is also about the people and happiness. Until today, Sushi Saito is still one of my top sushiyas in the world. I am always happy to fly to Tokyo only for Saito.
Since this is not my first review on Sushi Saito, i will skip a lot of introduction here. My first visit to Saito was in his student's private room, and i didn't manage to meet Saito-san in person as he was off for lunch that day. In August 2016, i finally got a reservation at Saito side for lunch. I was so excited that i was sit in the center of the 6-seat-counter, in front of Saito-san! Lucky me got the same seat this time. This was another fantastic dinner at Sushi Saito, the best Shokunin, the best techiques, and my favorite winter ingredients!
Regarding to the menu, the full-course Omakase menu is available both during lunch and dinner. While lunch time several more affordable lunch sets are also served - but i debt none 'foreigner' would pick lunch menus unless he/she residences in Japan. Sushi Saito is also considered as one of the most reasonablly-priced top sushiyas in Tokyo, the entire Omakase dinner usually cost around 25K without drinks, so worth of value.
As you can see from the above, Saito's otsumami (appetizers) were nothing but extraordinary - probably the best otsumami selections among all the sushiya i have been to. If i must have to pick few of my favorites, i may say the grilled nodoguro, octopus, and ankimo were hard to replaced. To be honest, my friends and i coincided that Saito's tsumami is much more impressive than his nigiri. (of course his nigiris were top-notched!)
Saito's shari (sushi rice) was not that sharp as Jiro-style sushiyas, but its comparably mild taste works perfectly with all his neta (fish). Regarding to the neta, all were perfectly done. My favorite pieces include Kurumaebi, Shima-aji, Chutoro, Sanma and Anago. Despite the flawless nigiri by Saito, none of the 14 pieces really WOW-ed me, thus I didn't order any additional pieces that i have had. In my words, the biggest merit of Sushi Saito is that you hardly find any shortcomings, and that's totally enough for a top sushiya.
Sushi Saito 鮨さいとう
Address: 1st Floor, Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12pm~, 5:30pm~, closed on Sundays & P.H.
Cost: (Dinner) 25000 JPY
Latest Visit: Dec.2016